More than half a million Syrians have already fled the civil war in their county and made their way to surrounding countries and if the present trend continues, the number of registered refugees is likely to reach 710,000 by the end of the year. Three-quarters of the refugees are women and children. Many arrive with only the clothes on their backs and are traumatized by their experiences. There are around 85,000 reugees in Turkey with around 2,000 to 3,000 arriving every day and an estimated 5,000 waiting at the border. Here in Turkey, the authorities have already built 13 camps and are planning three more, it takes weeks to build these camps, but only days to fill them.
Help ‘Lily’ Love In the Language of Yarn Knit Squares For Syrian refugees especially the children.
Please consider making a square or two with your odds and ends. Any spare wool you have can be knitted into eight inch squares and then we’ll stitch them all together into a blanket. No waste and a child with nothing gets a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!
FOR ONE 8″/20 cms SQUARE, you will need:
Yarn from a 100 gram (3.5 oz) ball of yarn or scraps of yarn
worsted weight , double knit or 8ply
Size 4mm needles 10 (USA)
A yarn sewing needle.
Cast on 32 stitches (try to make your stitches neither too loose nor too tight to help ensure uniform squares)
Row 1: knit
Row 2: knit. These two rows form the ‘garter’ stitch knitting pattern for your square but you use any stitch you prefer, beascreative as you like. Continue knitting until you have knitted a square
To ensure you square is 8″/20cm either use a tape measure .
Use your yarn sewing needle to sew in all the yarn ends using a darning method
Leave a one metre length of your yarn attached to your work after you have cast off. This will be used to join the squares together. but if you’re changing colors work in your other tails. DO NOT TIE AND CUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE KNOT, THAT IS GUARANTEED TO COME UNDONE. Knot if you want, but leave a tail and work in your ends.
We work with reputable, experienced relief agencies to securely transport and distribute our hand-knit and crocheted blankets for this project we are working with Humanitarian Relief Foundation.
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